Cumberland’s staff recognizes the emotional toll a chronic illness can have on the entire family. Sometimes parents wonder what kind of expectations they should set for their child. Should they push them harder or treat them with extra care? How much structure should they provide?
Throughout treatment, our therapists help family members understand how a chronic illness affects family dynamics. Families learn and practice appropriate roles and boundaries, how to set realistic expectations for their child’s age and capabilities and how to trust. They also learn effective, positive techniques to manage their child’s behaviors.
Family therapy also helps parents and children develop healthy ways of communicating. All learn to cope with stress and developmental changes so the family is equipped to manage future challenges.